Joshua 6:3-5 NIV
“March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.”
That’s a pretty complicated list of instructions, isn’t it? But God has a reason for everything He does. Let’s take a look at His instructions to Joshua one at a time. First, let’s look at the viewpoint of the citizens of Jericho. They’re inside their impenetrable fortress, fearing nothing from a normal army. But here comes this crazy bunch of nomads who showed up a short time back and who keep defeating kings that are supposedly undefeatable. Now they’re going to take on Jericho, the reverse Alcatraz of 1400 B.C. But instead of attacking, they march around the city every day for six days. By the seventh day, the citizens of Jericho were probably about ready for the funny farm. So God’s battle tactics were a good psychological ploy.
From Israel’s viewpoint, God wanted to make sure His people knew who was fighting this battle. He had priests carrying the Ark lead the march, not soldiers. He had priests blow trumpets used in religiousfestivals (Numbers 10), rather than have soldiers blow militarytrumpets. He wanted to make it very clear who was fighting this battle. When they won, He wanted them to know that it was He that won for them, not the Israelites and their own military might. By following His instructions to the letter, the people demonstrated their faith in the Lord and their obedience to Him, even though it seemed like He had them running in circles.
God shows you and me how to fight our battles, what armor to wear, what methods to use, and sometimes we think He has us running in circles. But when we demonstrate our faith in Him and our obedience to Him, He brings about miraculous results… labeled in big red letters with His signature. Trust God’s instructions in your life, even when they seem impossible by your standards… even when you seem to be running in circles.